Patrick Douglas: In Convertendo for five voices
edited by Gordon J Munro
Published by University of Glasgow Music Department Publications 1998, 10pp.
‘Patrick Douglas, “priste, scott borne”, was active during the mid sixteenth century. He may well be the “Sir Patrik Dowglas” who held a prebend of St Giles’s Collegiate Church, Edinburgh, in 1556-7 and again in 1567. The motet?In?convertendo, a setting of Psalm 126 for five voices, is the only work by Douglas which survives complete. ?The only other work known to be by him is a seven-part instrumental?Miserere. Both pieces are recorded in English manuscripts of the late sixteenth century, suggesting Douglas, like Robert Johnson before him, fled Calvinist Scotland during the late 1560s. There was certainly no place within the Reformed Church for Latin polyphony such as?In?convertendo but Mary, Queen of Scots may possibly have heard the work at a private Mass in the Scottish Chapel Royal. The motet was doubtless sung at high-church establishments in England, possibly the Chapel Royal, where the part books seem to have been compiled. At any rate,?In?converted was a well-known work in its day, and was admired enough to have been transcribed at least twice for viols.